LGBTQ+ Support and Community Centers for Families in the New York Area

LGBTQ+ Support and Community Centers for Families in the New York Area

Finding support and community can seem difficult for young people trying to figure out their identities, make connections and find acceptance. We’ve compiled a list of community and support centers for every kid in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Suff...

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NYMetroParents 2019 Cover Kids Contest Finalists Announced

NYMetroParents 2019 Cover Kids Contest Finalists Announced

NYMetroParents is proud to announce the 10 finalists for the 2019 Cover Kids Contest, who will be photographed (decked out in clothing from Macy’s Backstage) at Sarah Merians Photography & Video Company in Midtown Manhattan later this month. More t...

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Brooklyn’s District 13 Receives School Diversity Grant

Brooklyn’s District 13 Receives School Diversity Grant

This year, the School Diversity Advisory Group (SDAG) released 67 recommendations to improve goals, diversity, resources, restorative justice and practices, and representation in New York City Schools. SDAG members–students, educators, parents, adv...

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Cradle of Aviation Museum Will Host Special Events for 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing

Cradle of Aviation Museum Will Host Special Events for 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing

Throughout 2019, the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Uniondale has been hosting special events to mark the 50th anniversary of men landing on the moon, use the moon anniversary as a lesson for STEM education, and inspire young scientists to dream big....

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Brooklyn Residents Debate Over Construction of Two 4th Avenue Family Shelters

Brooklyn Residents Debate Over Construction of Two 4th Avenue Family Shelters

Brooklyn’s 4th Avenue will soon become the home for two new homeless shelters, according to an article written for the Bklyner–and while many would consider this optimistic news, not everyone is thrilled about it. According to Mayor Bill de Blasio’...

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You Can Win a Pay-Your-Age Build-a-Bear Experience at the End of June

You Can Win a Pay-Your-Age Build-a-Bear Experience at the End of June

Last year, Build-a-Bear Workshop hosted a Pay-Your-Age Day where kids could build a stuffed animal priced for their age (for example, a 5-year-old could make a bear for $5). While this was a great alternative to Build-a-Bear’s sometimes-pricey stuf...

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Educators for Excellence–New York Group Pushes State to Diversify Teacher Workforce in NYC Schools

Educators for Excellence–New York Group Pushes State to Diversify Teacher Workforce in NYC Schools

During the 2015-2016 school year, more than half of all teachers in Brooklyn were white, while white students account for less than 18% of the student body in any of the five boroughs. These statistics come from Educators for Excellence–New York, a...

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Legal Services NYC Has Filed a Lawsuit Against the Department of Education on Behalf of Parents of Children with Special Needs

Legal Services NYC Has Filed a Lawsuit Against the Department of Education on Behalf of Parents of Children with Special Needs

Legal Services NYC filed a complaint against the New York City Department of Education in the beginning of June that blasts the DOE for a “pattern and practice” of failing to provide translated materials to parents about special education services,...

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The 2019 Summer Meals Program Will Offer Free Food to Kids at 1,200 Locations Across NYC This Summer

The 2019 Summer Meals Program Will Offer Free Food to Kids at 1,200 Locations Across NYC This Summer

For many kids, summer is the start of freedom and fun. But for countless kids across New York City who rely on free breakfasts and lunches at school, summer is also a time of uncertainty. To combat hunger in kids across the city, the Department of ...

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Why You Need an Emergency Fund

Why You Need an Emergency Fund

Think about this: If your family had an emergency that required a large amount of money—unexpected car repairs, job loss, or major medical expense—would you have enough cash on hand to pay it? If you’re like most Americans, you would probably have ...

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A Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park is Coming to New Jersey This Fall

A Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park is Coming to New Jersey This Fall

A Nickelodeon Universe theme park is coming to the American Dream mega-mall at the Meadowlands in New Jersey–which is exciting for East Coast Nickelodeon lovers, considering the only other Nickelodeon Universe in the country is all the way in Minne...

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NYC’s High School Directory for Eighth Graders Is Moving Online

NYC’s High School Directory for Eighth Graders Is Moving Online

New York City’s high school guidebook, a giant 630-page document for eighth graders that allows them to get a sense of their options, will be condensing and moving mostly online. The physical book, which will now only offer general information and ...

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City Harvest’s Feed Our Kids Food Drive Will Aim to Tackle Hunger Throughout the City Until Father’s Day

City Harvest’s Feed Our Kids Food Drive Will Aim to Tackle Hunger Throughout the City Until Father’s Day

One in five kids in New York City doesn’t know where their next meal will come from, which is why City Harvest creates initiatives like the “Skip Lunch Fight Hunger” chef competition and the “Feed Our Kids” food drive, which has been happening all ...

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How to Protect Kids from Potentially Harmful Blue Light

How to Protect Kids from Potentially Harmful Blue Light

In the past several years, it seems like kids have grown addicted to their phones, tablets, and laptops, all of which emit blue light. They’re constantly texting, streaming shows and movies, and using their phones way past their bedtimes. All of th...

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P.S. 25, A Brooklyn Elementary School with Just 82 Students, Will Remain Open

P.S. 25, A Brooklyn Elementary School with Just 82 Students, Will Remain Open

P.S. 25 is home to only 82 students and costs $50,000 per child to operate. Virtually every student comes from a low-income family, according to city data. And yet 70% of P.S. 25 students are proficient in math, and half are proficient in reading–p...

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Fewer Children in NYC Suffered Lead Poisoning Last Year

Fewer Children in NYC Suffered Lead Poisoning Last Year

According to data collected by the New York City Department of Health, blood-lead levels have been on a steady decline in children younger than 18 across all five boroughs. The rates are at an all time low in both private and public housing through...

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Teens Can Now Volunteer at White Plains Public Library This Summer

Teens Can Now Volunteer at White Plains Public Library This Summer

With summer around the corner, teenagers are probably looking to firm up plans and solidify volunteering gigs. If your teen wants to give back to his community or try something new with her summer, White Plains Public Library is offering three diff...

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WHO Releases New Guidelines for Activity Levels for Children Younger Than Five

WHO Releases New Guidelines for Activity Levels for Children Younger Than Five

On April 24, The World Health Organization announced new recommendations for children younger than the age of 5 in response tothe rapidly rising rates of childhood obesity worldwide. According to the organization’s research, more than 80 percent of...

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Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Recalled Due to Reports of Infant Deaths

Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Recalled Due to Reports of Infant Deaths

Fisher-Price has issued a voluntary recall of all units of the Rock n' Play Sleeper due to reports of death when infants can roll over in the product. The CPSC is aware of 10 infant deaths in the Rock 'n Play since 2015 as a result of infants rolli...

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Sesame Street Unveils Julia’s Family in Honor of Autism Awareness Month

Sesame Street Unveils Julia’s Family in Honor of Autism Awareness Month

Julia, Sesame Street’s first character with autism, debuted in 2015. Now she’s back with the whole family in a series of materials, videos, and one episode that focus on how Julia, along with her parents, brother, and companion dog, overcome challe...

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How to Become a Zero-Waste Household

How to Become a Zero-Waste Household

Zero-waste living has become a lifestyle movement. There are now hundreds of books, blogs, and videos about it, and even a number of zero-waste stores opening in New York City. For a beginner, becoming a zero-waste household looks time consuming an...

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White Plains Woman's Club Hosts Community Awareness Presentation on Opioid Addiction

White Plains Woman's Club Hosts Community Awareness Presentation on Opioid Addiction

The Woman's Club of White Plains is holding a free Community Awareness Presentation on Opioid Addiction and its impact on our community this Wednesday, March 13, from 7-9pm at the Woman's Club which in White Plains. Join for an informative and esse...

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Park Shore Country Day Camp Welcomes Beloved Half Hollow Hills Middle School Teacher

Park Shore Country Day Camp Welcomes Beloved Half Hollow Hills Middle School Teacher

Chris Regini, Half Hollow Hills middle school teacher, is joining the Extreme STEAM Science Kids team at Park Shore Country Day Camp. Regini possesses a rare talent to motivate, stimulate and engage his students by using state-of-the-art technolog...

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The American Museum of Natural History's New T. Rex Exhibit Opens Monday

The American Museum of Natural History's New T. Rex Exhibit Opens Monday

T. Rex: The Ultimate Predator is The American Museum of Natural History’s newest exhibit and it opens to the public on Monday, March 11. The exhibit presents the feared and revered dinosaur in a way the American Museum of Natural History never has ...

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New York Area Airports Will Now Have Larger, More Secure Nursing Suites

New York Area Airports Will Now Have Larger, More Secure Nursing Suites

Moms on-the-go looking for a comfortable travel experience will find privacy and support in Port Authority’s 28 upgraded nursing suites, newly available at Newark Liberty, John F. Kennedy and New York Stewart airports. These pods, which are larger,...

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Academy of Holy Angels Students Volunteer at a Farm in Rural West Virginia

Academy of Holy Angels Students Volunteer at a Farm in Rural West Virginia

While the Academy of the Holy Angels (AHA) in Demarest, NJ, was closed for the winter break, AHA Director of Campus Ministry Kathleen Sylvester accompanied three students to Nazareth Farm in rural West Virginia for a volunteer trip. Angel volunteer...

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NYMetroParents and Staten Island Parent Receive 9 Awards at Annual Parenting Media Association Conference

NYMetroParents and Staten Island Parent Receive 9 Awards at Annual Parenting Media Association Conference

On March 1, Parenting Media Association presented NYMetroParents and Staten Island Parent, a division of Davler Media Group, with nine excellence awards at its 2018 Design and Editorial Awards reception, held in St. Petersburg, FL.

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Crisis Facility Opens in Hauppauge

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Crisis Facility Opens in Hauppauge

A 24-hour Crisis Stabilization Center opened in Hauppauge today, according to the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (OASAS). The $4.7 million Diagnostic Assessment and Stabi...

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Holocaust Survivor Visits Baldwin Middle School to Give Important Lesson

Holocaust Survivor Visits Baldwin Middle School to Give Important Lesson

Werner Reich, a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor, visited Baldwin Middle School to give the students a firsthand history lesson. Reich, of Smithtown, told stories of the horror he and his family experienced throughout the Holocaust. Reich's presentat...

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Nature's Path Envirokidz Cereal Recalled Due to Undeclared Gluten

Nature's Path Envirokidz Cereal Recalled Due to Undeclared Gluten

Nature's Path Envirokidz Choco Chimps, Gorilla Munch, and Jungle Munch cereals with a best before date code of Aug. 24, 2019 and Sept. 21, 21 have been recalled from Trader Joe's due to the potential of undeclared gluten, according to Trader Joes. ...

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Legoland Discovery Center Westchester Celebrates the Lego Movie 2 with Movie-Themed Experience

Legoland Discovery Center Westchester Celebrates the Lego Movie 2 with Movie-Themed Experience

The Lego Movie 2 fun doesn't have to stop when you leave the theater! Legoland Discovery Center Westchester, the lego-themed indoor playground, will host a Lego Movie 2: The Second Party experience from Feb. 15 to April 28. 10 Lego build and play z...

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Fisher-Price Power Wheels Barbie Campers Recalled Due to Injury Hazard

Fisher-Price Power Wheels Barbie Campers Recalled Due to Injury Hazard

On Feb. 5, Fisher-Price recalled the children's Power Wheels Barbie Dream Campers with model number FRC29 due to a potential for injury, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. 17 reports have been made indicating that the wheels co...

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The Academy of the Holy Angels' Varsity Dancers Earn Fourth National Championship

The Academy of the Holy Angels' Varsity Dancers Earn Fourth National Championship

The varsity dancers from the Academy of the Holy Angels just earned their fourth national title. The girls handily won the trophy after their performance at the UDA National Dance Championship in Orlando, Florida. In addition to their three consecu...

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Usdan Offers Children of First Responders $1000 Discount for Summer 2019

Usdan Offers Children of First Responders $1000 Discount for Summer 2019

On August 14, 2018 a fire at Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts destroyed two historic studios and impacted other buildings and systems throughout the campus of the critically acclaimed summer day camp for the arts. The damage was limited because of th...

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New Study Says Children Are Using an Unhealthy Amount of Toothpaste

New Study Says Children Are Using an Unhealthy Amount of Toothpaste

Many children are not using the right amount of toothpaste when they brush their teeth, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost 40 percent of children ages 3-6 use more toothpaste than the amount recommended b...

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8 Steps to Improve Your Credit Score in One Year

8 Steps to Improve Your Credit Score in One Year

Your credit score affects more aspects of your life than you might think, from seeking out a loan to putting a down payment on a house and even the job hunt. Unless you’ve been diligently saving for as long as you can remember, came into an inherit...

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SUNY Optometry and SightGlass Vision are Seeking Nearsighted Children for a Clinic Trial

SUNY Optometry and SightGlass Vision are Seeking Nearsighted Children for a Clinic Trial

SUNY Optometry and SightGlass Vision, Inc. is seeking children ages 6 to 9 years old for a clinical trial involving FDA approval of glasses designed to correct myopia, or nearsightedness, and to reduce the rate of myopic progression in children of ...

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Life Time Athletic Announces Feb. 8 Member Opening at Chappaqua Crossing, to Create 200 Jobs

Life Time Athletic Announces Feb. 8 Member Opening at Chappaqua Crossing, to Create 200 Jobs

UPDATED FEB. 1: Life Time Chappaqua has officially announced its Feb. 8 for-members-only, opening at Chappaqua Crossing. The club will be open to all members at 5am, joining the Whole Foods which opened at the shopping center on Route 117, also kn...

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Fresh Peaches, Nectarines, and Plums Recalled from Aldi and Walmart Over Possible Listeria Contamination

Fresh Peaches, Nectarines, and Plums Recalled from Aldi and Walmart Over Possible Listeria Contamination

Peaches, nectarines, and plums sold at various Aldi and Walmarts in New York are being recalled due to a potential listeria contamination. Jac. Vandeburg, Inc. of Yonkers issued the recall last week because of the potential to affect 1,727 cartons ...

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16-year-old Influencer Carrie Berk Writes Celebrity 'Girls Against Bullying' PSA Video

16-year-old Influencer Carrie Berk Writes Celebrity 'Girls Against Bullying' PSA Video

16-year-old bestselling author, playwright, and influencer Carrie Berk created a video in partnership with The Kind Coalition in support of No Bully's efforts to teach kids to practice empathy and to become positive forces in the world to stop bull...

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Perdue Recalls Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets Due to Contamination With Wood Particles

Perdue Recalls Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets Due to Contamination With Wood Particles

Perdue is recalling more than 68,000 pounds of gluten-free chicken nuggets due to a possible wood particle contamination, according to Cooking Light. The nuggets have expirations dates well into the fall and the United States Department of Agricult...

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The LEARN Lab at NYU Wants Your Child to Participate in Research for a New Study

The LEARN Lab at NYU Wants Your Child to Participate in Research for a New Study

Do you wonder how your child’s mind works? The LEARN Lab, a research group at NYU, is studying children’s amazing abilities to learn language. They invite you and your child to visit us and participate in this study.

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American Girl Reveals 2019 Girl of the Year

American Girl Reveals 2019 Girl of the Year

Blaire Wilson, a spunky redhead with a passion for flavor, has recently made her debut as American Girl's 2019 Girl of the Year. Blaire uses her cooking talents as a chef-in-training to bring her family together and connect with people in person. H...

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FDA Approves New Vaccine That Protects Against Six Diseases

FDA Approves New Vaccine That Protects Against Six Diseases

The FDA approved a new vaccine that protects against six diseases, called Vaxilis. The new vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B, and invasive disease due to haemophilus influenzae type B, according to ...

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Roberto Clemente State Park South Playground to Undergo Renovation and Reopen

Roberto Clemente State Park South Playground to Undergo Renovation and Reopen

The playground in Roberto Clemente State Park in Morris Heights, Bronx, is slated to undergo a $1.35 million transformation to be complete in May. The revitalization will provide the park, located along the Harlem River, with new playground structu...

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5 Reasons It's Okay to Indulge in 'Lazy Parenting'

5 Reasons It's Okay to Indulge in 'Lazy Parenting'

Sometimes parenting can feel overwhelming, so one parent is here to say it’s okay to be a “lazy parent”. James Breakwell, author of “Bare Minimum Parenting: The Ultimate Guide to Not-Quite Ruining Your Child,” shares five things you can do to slow ...

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Corded Window Blinds Banned for Child Safety

Corded Window Blinds Banned for Child Safety

There are many aspects of our homes that we have to consider baby-proofing for child safety: outlets, the stove, cleaning supplies, and perhaps less obviously, corded window blinds. Fortunately, they are no longer being sold by American stores or w...

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IKEA is Coming to the Upper East Side

IKEA is Coming to the Upper East Side

The rumors are true, IKEA U.S. announced on Monday that it will be opening its first city store on the Upper East Side! The new location is contributing to the company's commitment to bringing IKEA to urban areas. The "IKEA Planning Studio" is slat...

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Infant Ibuprofen from CVS, Walmart, and Family Dollar Has Been Recalled

Infant Ibuprofen from CVS, Walmart, and Family Dollar Has Been Recalled

A recall has been issued for over-the-counter infant ibuprofen sold by the retailers CVS, Family Dollar, and Walmart, according to Tris Pharma. The Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) 50mg per 1.25mL could potentially have concentrations of i...

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New Study Shows a Correlation Between Media Use and ADHD

New Study Shows a Correlation Between Media Use and ADHD

As if there wasn't enough to worry about when it comes to the media and your child's wellbeing, there's now another factor to take into consideration before leaving your child alone with the iPad. A recent study in the JAMA has linked Attention Def...

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